“My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!” Even without seeing the film, you have probably heard the line before.
Fans all over the internet have reacted with anger at the mere mention of a possible remake. For them, the mere suggestion of remaking The Princess Bride is ‘inconceivable’.
The commotion began earlier this week when a remake of Rob Reiner’s beloved fantasy film was briefly discussed in a new Variety profile of the movie’s producer, Norman Lear.
In the article, Sony Pictures boss Tony Vinciquerra was quoted saying: “Very famous people whose names I won’t use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride… Not a month goes by when we don’t have an idea coming from some very big name wanting to do things with Norman.”
While a remake is yet to be set in stone and the sentence formed a tiny part of the overall article, it wasn’t long before the cast and fans alike began to revolt against the idea.
Cary Elwes, who played Westley in the 1987 classic, described the original as a “perfect movie.”
“There’s a shortage of perfect movies in the world. It would be a pity to damage this one,” said Elwes.
Jamie Lee Curtis, who is married to Princess Bride star Christopher Guest, said: “Oh really? Well, I married the six fingered man, obviously why we have stayed together for 35 years and there is only ONE The Princess Bride and it’s William Goldman and @robreiner’s. Life is pain highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something!”
The most unlikely reaction came from non-other than American Politician Ted Cruz, who urged them not to “mess with perfection.”
“NOOOOOOO!!!!! Sonny, The Princess Bride is the greatest thing, in the world – except for a nice MLT, mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean, and the Tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that. DON’T MESS WITH PERFECTION,” begged Cruz.
Meanwhile others have argued that a remake wouldn’t be the end of the world. With one reasoning “Everyone being so precious about The Princess Bride now makes me want to see it remade.”
The Princes Bride was added to the National Film Registry in 2016 for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. A remake, of course, would not make this any less true.
The movie, based on the 1973 novel by William Goldman, failed to set box office records when it debuted in 1987 but has since developed a cult following, with many lines being quoted in everyday life.